Andy Suzuki and The Method

Please tell me you’ve seen this hot group on Youtube or somewhere live perhaps. This band is AMAZING! I had been a fan of these guys for quite some time but when we actually got to interview them I was super excited no lie! (HAHA) Check out their interview below!

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Describe your band in one word?

No. (Not possible…words in parentheses don’t count as words, right?)

You’ve been working hard on your new album in the studio A LOT! Can you tell us a little bit about the process of what goes into recording? And the time frame you can sometimes spend in the studio?

We are currently at Carriage House Studios in Stamford, CT, recording our entire record over 8 days. It is a live-in studio – the studio is downstairs and we live upstairs. It is basically a 24/7 process, and probably the most intense thing we have ever done as a band. We have been preparing for this studio session for over a year, though, to make sure that we have everything we need for a great album.

How is your album going to differ from your previous projects?

This album is going to be very different from our past two releases…in a good way. We are definitely proud of our previous projects, but they were “learning by doing” labors of love. For this album, we feel like we finally know what we are doing, and we aren’t cutting any corners. We are putting much more time and energy into this one, and it is all paying off. We started the process for this album in Feb 2012, and spent the year writing, rewriting, auditioning band members, arranging, finding the perfect producer and studio, etc. We also feel like we have finally found our sound however cheesy that sounds so this album is going to sound different from anything you’ve heard before from us.

Do you have a favorite song on the new album?

We are currently in the studio recording the album, so it’s a little too soon to say which songs have come out the best. We all have personal favorites. This is the first album where we have co-written together as a band, so everyone likes…every song.

How did this band come together?

We all met at Brown University, in Providence, RI. When I (Andy) was a
freshman, I met Kozza, who was a senior at the time, in 2006. We started playing together, and although we kinda sucked at the time – I had just begun playing piano seriously a few months before – we stuck with it, even after Kozza left Brown. I then met Jason G when he was a freshman, and I was a senior, at a meeting for jazz musicians. The first time Jason G and Kozza met was at Jason’s first show with the band. We’ve been at it since.

How do you guys create a song? Does the music come first? Lyrics?

Music definitely comes first, almost always. We generally come up with
some chords that inspire us, and take turns singing melodies into a voice recorder, until something magical happens. Then the lyric process starts, which often takes hours and hours. We really agonize over making lyrics special and personal.

Lastly, what advice can you give to other up and coming bands?

Kozza told me years and years ago, when we first started playing music
together and were struggling to make any progress, that “if it was easy, everyone would do it.” Our experience has taught us that even the simple things that are supposed to come easy, never do. There is always some obstacle that comes up and complicates things. We have been sticking with this thing since 2006, and we are finally approaching some really great things. My advice would be, if you can
stick with it long enough and are willing to put up with infinity obstacles, you will achieve some beautiful things.

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